On pace to truly improve transportation in the region

For the first time in decades, funding for transportation investments is on track to meet the demands of a growing population and economy in the central Puget Sound region.

In addition to travel time savings, roadway investments will also enhance salmon recovery, address critical bridge needs, and finish projects in key corridors.

Even as the region grows by nearly a million more people by 2040, travel times by transit and car through major corridors are expected to improve over what exists today.

Those were a few of the takeaways from a presentation to the Transportation Policy Board this week showcasing funded investments coming online from 2010 through 2040 and what they will mean for the region’s commuters.

In the last two years alone, the previous Transportation 2040 plan budget shortfall was reduced by 25%, thanks to Connecting Washington, Sound Transit 3, Kitsap Transit’s Fast Ferry Plan, and other voter-approved local road and transit initiatives.

The presentation also highlighted bicycle and pedestrian projects built or funded from 2010 to 2040, including the Cross-Kirkland Corridor, Prairie Line Trail in Tacoma, Centennial Trail in Snohomish County, and the Bay Street Pedestrian Project in Port Orchard.

Transit investments will have big travel time benefits.

You can view the full presentation here or watch the discussion during the meeting (starting at about 38:00).

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  1. Donald Padelford
    February 21, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    While it’s easy enough to improve transit times by building grade-separated rail, by far the most cost-effective means is to provide the equivalent of grade separation by pricing the currently HOV lanes to the point where transit travels in free-flow 24/7. It’s a pretty straight-forward proposition universally embraced by transportation economists, but, for some reason, not implemented. Instead highway pricing is seen as a ‘cash cow’ to fund transportation infrastructure. This is the wrong way to view it.